Punk Nouveau: Autumn’s most rebellions trend

Out of the emerging trends for Autumn, there’s one that upstart that’s causing a style ruckus. She has historical roots in the 70’s and 80’s; a time of anarchic rebellion. She represents every rabble-rousing, status-quo upsetting maverick who rejected the mainstream, just because she could. I’m of course referring to the punk trend that swept the A/W runways and terrorised the Met Ball.  The fact that punk is having a trend moment means that’s its essential ideology is over. Punk’s rebellious raison d’être is about rejecting conformist orthodoxies; yet it’s become so conventionally acceptable that it’s moved into the mainstream and become a commodity that can be bought and consumed.   Vivienne Westwood rocks tartan. #punk #fashion Be AW 2013 trend Fashion ready with some tartan http://t.co/rlypHx9JAV — Frock and Kohl (@frockandkohl) August 25, […]

So bad’s it good.

There are certain things in life that should be terrible, but for some logic defeating reason, are unequivocally awesome.  Grease Two, salted caramel and David Hasselhoff;  by the laws of all that is holy, all of the former should suck, yet  they defy the rules of good taste and are all the better for it.  My theory is that when something passes through the bad taste barrier it comes back round the other side and into extreme brilliance. The same rule applies to fashion –  there are clothes that by rights should be incinerated, but their precarious balancing act on the borders of good taste adds to their incredible edge. Pastel coloured  metallics, white stilettos, anything in PVC – surely no sane style conscious person should be seen dead in such garments? Yet somehow […]

Autumn in Bloom: How to wear fall’s flowers.

With the rapid approach of autumn it’s time to break out the new season looks, but this can be challenging when the weather stubbornly remains balmy.  A great solution for transeasonal dressing are winter florals; they look pretty as a picture in the last days of summer and will be add the delicate lightness of petals to heavy winter outfits.  Dark floral prints look luscious next to the richness of claret knits and caramel coats, my favourite way to wear them is in contrast to with sheer chiffon, a predilection I share with Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy. Alber Elbaz at Lanvin took a more traditional approach to floral dressing, with 50’s inspired shapes and luxuriant fabrics.  The Lanvin collection had it’s usual brand of unabashed femininity, but this time round Elbaz injected a […]

Man Up: Winter’s Coats

2013 is the year of the coat. Fact. I know this is somewhat dogmatic statement, however it comes from an informed and considered place.  Never have there been so many, beautiful, chic cover-ups in the high street and designer stores.  This is nothing but good so far as I’m concerned; I hate that point in winter where you’ve worn your favourite coat so much that you feel that you’re wearing the same outfit everyday.  Also in the UK, the weather changes its mind more often than most people change their underwear – so to have few coat choices make a lot of sense.   @AlyssaPR haha I noticed that too! — Kristina Giliberto (@krisgiliberto) August 14, 2013   One of the most dominating looks this season is oversized, mannish and fiercely contemporary.  Designers […]

Pumped Up Kicks: How Nike got chic again

Nike footwear has taken a befuddling brand identity journey over the past 15 years. In the 90’s and early 00’s they rained as the cool footwear of choice. It was a time when girl bands liked the spice girls and all saints rocked rocked a sporty casual took its primary inspiration from street wear.  As the new millennium progressed, so did the downward trajectory of Nike trainers amongst fashion folk. The Sex and the City effect had young women lusting after Manolo Blahnik rather than the air cushioned comfort of a Nike trainer.  Much like the devaluation of the Burberry check, the Nike swoosh suffered by the association of its clientele. However, you can’t keep a good brand down, and similar to the regeneration of Burberry, Nike kicks risen from the flames to be […]

Grunge Renaissance

There’s a school of thought that dictates if you’re old enough to remember a trend at it’s genesis, then you’re too old to wear it again.  I had believed this to be a sound principle, until I got old enough for the fashion merry-go-round to complete a full cycle within my lifetime.  Alas, I’ve now reached an age where a look of my youth has regenerated, and every trendy youngster worth their salt is wearing the threads of my early teenage years.  I’m referring to the renaissance of grunge; checked shirts self consciously tide around the waist bands of ripped jeans, doc martins,  dungarees, chipped nail varnish, and baggy Nirvana t-shirts with the arms slashed off were de rigueur as I was teetering on the precipice adolescence.   Eddie Vedder explains Kurt Cobain's importance to Seattle's music […]

Fall Lust List

I’m a fashion obsessive.  Allegedly admitting that you have a problem is the first step on the way to recovery, except I don’t want to convalesce.  On the contrary, I luxuriate and revel in my mania like a pig in muck.  Consequentially, every season after fastidiously scanning the shows and trend reports, I make a fantasy wish list of amazing pieces that make up my dream  wish list.  In reality I can’t afford any of the beautiful things, so I’ll scour Ebay looking for vintage pieces that vaguely resemble my objects of desire. The first piece on any fall list is a fantastic coat – this one from Miu Miu is ticks a whole lot of sartorial boxes; the shape pays homage to Hitchcock heroines of yore, the pleats in the skirt add […]

How to look awesome on Facebook: Girl Meets Dress

Social media has exponentially changed our lives forever. From how we work to how we dress, the ability to share where we are and what we’re doing at any given moment has caused a seismic cultural shift. The fact that Facebook and its contemporaries, has seeped so deeply into the public consciousness isn’t news, the tactics we employ to deal with it are.  Perhaps the most practical impingement of social media is in what we choose to wear.  As much as I hate to admit it, I’m loathed to be seen wearing the same thing twice.  I’m not proud to admit it, but it’s the truth (and I dare say it’s true for a lot of other people, they just not as shamelessly frank as I am). This gets tricky when the flurry of […]

Keep the Faith: A/W13’s most Scandalous Trend

Catholicism and fashion aren’t an obvious match made in heaven. The qualities of vanity, frivolity and pride that are often associated with the fashion industry are generally frowned upon by religious doctrine. The industry has its fair share of the gay population, who don’t have a particularly harmonious relationship with the Church.  Ergo this season’s trend for religious iconography is, on the surface, somewhat surprising.  However, delve a little deeper into the issue and it’s easy to see the parallels.  The church has long used beautiful clothes and adornment to add gravitas to ceremony and tradition.  In turn the beautifully rich colours and imagery from religious art work has a sensuality that naturally inspires designers, no matter the sociological and political implications that the Catholic church implies. Like a princess http://t.co/qW3m8aiyjM – pic.twitter.com/DkX972cXKQ […]

Leyla Cemal; Simple Pleasures

I’m into jewellery in a big way; by big I mean chunky, gaudy and loud.  I’m a child of the 80’s and some of my earliest memories are watching my mother get ready to go out and festooning herself with baubles that a Christmas tree would be proud of.  Luckily for me, I inherited a lot of her shimmering treasures, which I wear on a regular basis.  My love of OTT is ingrained, genetic and inexorable.  Or so I thought… This week I went to a press launch for My Flash Trash, the brilliant brand by Made in Chelsea’s Amber Atherton, and was presented with a smorgasbord of sparkling beauties to photograph. Remarkably my eye was caught not by the biggest and brightest, but something altogether more refined, chic and elegant. Leyla Cemal […]